Mike Pence and Donald Trump didn’t run together because they had a unified vision. In fact, they were more of an arranged marriage. Pence was foisted on Trump in an attempt to shore up Evanglical voters.And Pence was often put on the spot due to Trump’s mood swings. He had to pull a stunt during a Colts game to protest Colin Kaepernick. And he was initially put in charge of the country’s COVID response because Trump felt he needed something to do.
But the former Vice President as never put on the spot more than when Trump wanted him to overturn the election. That situation, according to Robert Costa, caused Pence to “go into a bunker.”
Costa, who recently co-authored Peril with Bob Woodward, said during an interview with PBS:
“This is where you start to see the crack in the American democratic system — when the vice president and president are not in sync, and the president starts to speak for other constitutional officers. This is where Pence and his team really go into a bunker mode and they don’t even share the letter Pence ultimately releases on Jan. 6, explaining his decision to not try to do anything crazy on Jan. 6. They don’t even share it with the White House counsel or with Trump. That was the level of tension between the president and the vice president.”
The Washington Post scribe continued, “They were trying to get [vice president] Pence and others to move the election to the House of Representatives to block Biden from taking office. Imagine if in January 2025 Republicans are much more organized and they have alternate slates of electors ready in many states. What happens then?”
Watch a clip of the interview below:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.